I just had an episode like this today. I was in a meeting when I felt a cramp on the left side of my abdomen. It hurt so bad that I doubled over (I was sitting at the time). I then felt intensely hot/cold and clammy and slight dizzy. I felt pins and needles in my arms. It suddenly subsided and returned a few minutes later. I got up thinking I just needed to stretch out my abdomen and nearly fainted. I went to the bathroom right after and felt better but still weak and the pins and needles in my arms lingered. I also developed a horrible headache. I saw my doctor and she diagnosed me with gerd and started me on medication and stool softeners. The thing is im not usually constipated but I have been the past few days. Im happy I found this forum. I wasnt satisfied with the doctors prognosis because I dont have heart burn or reflux. Thanks to all of you fir sharing!
At least I am not the only one??? I am a 29 y/o female and like most of you, I have had this horrible episodes since I was in high school, but they are very infrequent. I know that I am a bit of a "worrier", I over analyze everything (and I chose a profession in analytics). I am trying to get better, not stressing over those things that are out of my control. However, when a lot of work and personal stress piles up, I know it can make me emotional and exhausted.
After reading all of these comments, glancing through all the others that share the same debilitating symptoms, I feel slightly relieved that it isn't a myth (or my own brain playing tricks on me). I also feel worried that they may never find an answer or something to resolve these horrendous episodes.
When I feel this pain in my stomach and the flushing starts, I will grab any and all things cold to prevent the passing out (there are lots of ice packs and ice cubes involved, and often a freezing cold shower).
While I was pregnant I had them much more frequently. In fact, I would sit on the tile floor with little clothing on to prevent from getting "over-heated" as my husband and I call it. During that period my stomach was in constant knots and I had to put this medicine under my tongue to reduce the pain.
I have only passed out once, almost immediately after having my daughter. I knew it was coming on and told the very tiny nurse (I had to be double her size post-birth) that she "better get someone to help, I was going down". The last thing I remember was grabbing her side and down I went. When I woke up I was very disoriented, but thankful that I was already at the hospital. That was almost 4 years ago.
I suppose after having my daughter a year went by and I had another late-night event. The following morning I went to the doctor. In which, they cited my vagus/vagal nerve as well, but told me that when I have these feelings to lay down in case I pass out (duh!). The one after that was about at a year ago, but I had a severe stomach bug that resulted in two full days on the bathroom floor, so it could just be the bug that got me that time. Just when I thought these things might be over for good, I had another episode last night.
After reading these comments and suggestions, it looks like I can start with making some real changes to my diet. I am a heavy dairy eater and know I don't have a great diet (in fact, I would eat dessert before I would eat anything dinner sometimes).
I am wondering if tomato-based meals are the root to my evil. I ate pizza last night (cheese and tomato), and it hit me about 1:15am. I also am guilty of a small bowl of ice cream or a glass of milk before bed at times. I am going to cut out some things, reduce others and see if this will help. It would be great if someone could find a cure or provide something that would provide immediate relief during one of these episodes. I will keep on a look out to see if someone has any answers or additional suggestions.
Wow, this is unreal. I had exactly the same thing happen to me last week, just exactly as you described it (except no hard stool--just diarrhea). The same thing also happened to me 10 yrs ago, after I ate some fish; I thought at the time maybe the fish was bad, but now that the same exact thing happened again, I know it wasn't food poisoning. I do get diarrhea with bad cramps maybe 4 or 5 times a month, but not to the extent of fainting. Both times the fainting/diarrhea attack happened to me, I had just finished eating. The diarrhea lasted about 3-4 days, with some minor rectal bleeding. Also, I've noticed that when I get the "milder" diarrhea attacks, they're usually in the morning, anywhere from 5 min. to an hour after drinking my morning cup of coffee, or after eating lunch. I don't have any major health problems other than this!
I too can relate to your story. Not just an hr ago I went through this same thing: stomach cramps and nausea; light headed, turned pale, I got really hot all over sweating from head to toe; loss in blood pressure that I couldn’t even hold my head up, felt like I would pass out; severe stomach cramps and liquid diarrhea, in my case there was no hard stool. I have experienced this problem probably 5 or 6 times in my life and I am 46. Difference today is that I did not eat a thing all day, only 3 cups of coffee over a 2 hr period and this episode occured around noon. In the past I some times felt like vomiting, but today I did not. After it subsided I had to lay down for an hr only for it to begin all over again, but this time not as bad. I was diagnosed last yr with a hiatal hernia and was prescribed Nexium twice a day. This is hereditary unfortunately. I just have to watch what I eat. I had forgotten to take my Nexium today. I really believe it's a diet thing, watch your intake, don’t abuse it.
I have this something similar happen to me after an intense workout. If I go to the gym and run on the treadmill or do the elliptical it wont happen. But if I play in a soccer game, which is a lot more intense, then it happens consistently. During the game I dont sweat much...I would say a normal amount. But when I am done playing, my back/chest/stomach area sweat profusely all night long. Only those areas though. Not my face or lower body at all. I take a shower-have even tried cold showers and I still soak the bed everytime. I have to sleep with towels wrapped around my upper body and change them every 30 minutes because they get soaked so quickly. Sometimes I also have stomach cramps along with this. Sometimes bad and sometimes not that bad. If I have a bowel movement right before playing or dont eat anything the whole day(which is also dangerous), it doesnt happen. I dont know what could be wrong with me but it very annoying and sometimes scary.
Go for a WALK immediately upon onset of symptoms. The movement massages the gut, aiding the elimination process. It won't eliminate the pain (though sometimes it helps) but it helps the body get over the ordeal faster. At least it does for me.
Of course, if you feel faint, STAY PUT and sit or lie down, preferably in a carpeted room (not a concrete floor, like I've passed out on before).
I too have found that eating greasy food sometimes precipitates an episode.